With eight number-ones and 30 top-ten songs in the US charts, Taylor Swift has become one of history’s best-selling artists of all time. But this Candlelight tribute concert sees her hits, including “Shake It Off” and “the 1”, reimagined for a string quartet for renditions quite unlike the originals.
Add hundreds of glowing candles in one of Melbourne’s most grand and spectacular old-school cool cinemas and you’re setting yourself up for an “Enchanted” evening. But, you can make this homage to one of contemporary music’s best singer-songwriters even more special with company from your favourite person. Now, that would be fun.
Candlelight’s glow has spread from classical greats to contemporary icons and with this upcoming tribute concert to Taylor Swift fans of the American vocalist will get to experience stirring renditions of their favourite songs in lieu of an actual Tay Tay tour, which we’re still crossing fingers for. As candles light up the National Theatre, Invictus Quartet will make their instruments sing for a sublime performance.
From “Lover” to “Blank Space”, “Cardigan” to “Love Story”, two violins, viola and a cello will recreate the highs and lows of each of Tay Tay’s songs. And thanks to the range, dynamism and timbre of these classical instruments, it will almost be as if an “Invisible String” is connecting the originals with the tributes. You’ll be speechless hearing her music in a new light or you could find yourself lip-syncing along to every word you know off by heart.
The Candlelight Tribute to Taylor Swift takes place on 15 September at the National Theatre Melbourne, a stunning Beaux-Art architectural style theatre complete with a striking red stage curtain, and 75 Reid Street on Thursday 13 October, a beautifully refurbished auditorium in Fitzroy North.
The gorgeous spaces transform into glowing chambers with hundreds of candles flickering. With two performances in the evening, one at 6:30pm and another at 8:30pm, audiences can make the most of the night with dinner before or after and a lovely stroll around the neighbourhood.